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Beavers was produced for Dentsu Inc. as a presentation of the Chubu Electric Power Company.

Production Format: 15/70
Release Date: The film premiered at the Hamaoka Power Plant Visitor's Centre IMAX Theatre on April 28, 1988.
Duration: 31 min.
Produced by: Stephen Low Productions Inc. for Dentsu Inc. as a presentation of the Chubu Electric Power Company.
Distributed by: The Stephen Low Company
Status: currently in exhibition in select theaters -- check local theater listings
Available for license: 15/70, 8/70 and HD
Available on DVD in stores and online.

For licensing information, contact: The Stephen Low Company

Stephen Low
Director/Producer/Underwater Cinematographer

Takashi Yodono
Executive Producer

Peter L. Serapiglia
Production Manager (Beavers)
Producer, The Stephen Low Company

Andrew Kitzanuk, C.S.C.
Director of Photography

Eldon Rathburn

Performance Background

Beavers was the first IMAX film to focus on a single animal subject. A motion picture classic and filmmaking success story, the film continues to impact audiences and the large-format industry nearly two decades after its release.

The film has been exhibited on giant screens in more than 18 countries and is one of the industry's top-performing films. As a documentary, Beavers has grossed more ($70 million CDN) than most Canadian feature film releases. It has run everywhere from Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, to the Children's Recreation Center in Taipei and the Keong Emas ('Golden Snail') IMAX Theater in Jakarta. The film is also distributed in DVD format.

Sponsored by the Chubu Electric Power Company, Japan's largest power utility, the film first became a great popular success at the utility's visitor center in Hamaoka, Japan where it continues to be presented to appreciative audiences today.

The film was awarded the Jury Prize and the Public Prize for the Best IMAX Film at the International IMAX Film Festival in Paris (1989) and received recognition as "Best IMAX Film" at the 13th Annual Hawaii International Film Festival. It has also been nominated for the Giant Screen Theater Association's "Hall of Fame" two year's in a row.

The success of the film spurred the development of a natural history film unit at IMAX Corporation in the early 1990s and helped usher in a new era of giant screen growth and educational cinema in natural history museums, zoos and aquaria. In 1989, it was a screening of Beavers that helped convince The Rolling Stones to embark on the production of the first giant screen concert film "Rolling Stones at the Max."

As an intimate and lyrical portrayal of a Canadian icon and its grand natural habitat, Beavers can also be credited with a significant contribution to the Canadian tourism industry. Through the film, more than one generation of audiences around the world has gained insight into this creature and its wilderness stronghold. Still in demand by theaters and audiences some two decades after its production, the film has become a permanent family and educational offering in many museums and science centers. It has truly earned its reputation as "The Biggest Dam Movie You Ever Saw".